The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Voting rights for parolees among topics discussed at November meetings
Americans are convicted felons: most convicted of non-violent
crimes. Denying these
people the right to vote denies a basic American right to an
enormous number of people.
Voting is a major way for persons who leave prison to rebuild their lives – to reintegrate into society and assume the responsibilities of citizenship. Yet in Minnesota, people who have served their sentences cannot vote until they have completed their parole. That contrasts to North Dakota, where people can vote once they have been released from prison. (The League supports the North Dakota model.)
Those issues were among myriad discussed at RoMaFH meetings on Nov. 19-20. Featured speaker was Commissioner Kevin Lindsey, Minnesota Department of Human Rights.
Other issues discussed included proposals that would require photo IDs for voting, which, he said, would damage not only minorities, but also women, who may be unable to prove their identities because their maiden names are different from married names, and people who weren’t born in hospitals.
He noted that voter ID does not prevent voter fraud: voter fraud is essentially non-existent in Minnesota.
Lindsey spoke to about 25 members attending the Nov 19 meeting at the Little Venetian Inn in Little Canada. His comments were recorded and replayed for the Nov. 20 meeting at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Roseville.
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November 24, 2013